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sitdown with msnbc. also this morning, as joe biden makes a swing across key country, we'll take a look at what's at stake for the u.s. with this asia visit. >>> and new details this morning on the deadly commuter train wreck in new york. investigators say the train was going three times as fast as it should have been on that sharp curve. good morning from washington. it's tuesday, december 3rd, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. we have a lot going on as we do every day in december. so let's start with my first reads of the morning. and it's on health care again. after the soft relaunch of the health care website over the weekend, the white house now feels that it's in good enough shape to do what they wanted to do two months ago. start a public campaign for the health care law over law. president obama will kick-start the e effort with an event at the white house this afternoon. of course this comes nine weeks after the first rollout which was marked by glitches and crashes as well as repeated promises from the administration that things would get better. >> nobody's m
president joe biden has begun a week long tour of asia. biden arrived in japan a few hours ago. biden is expected to push for a transpacific trade agreement when he meets with japanese leaders. he will also be trying to defuse tensions between japan and china, biden will also visit china and south korea. >>> eanlt -- antigovernment demonstrations have taken a violent turn. the prime minister says she cannot accept the demands of the protestors. wayne hay reports from bangkok. >>> a battle front is being waged on two fronts. antigovernment protestors, bangkok metropolitan police. a rubbish truck was used to break through a coffin create barrier, it and its up occupants were forced into a quik retreat. some are willing to go to extremes to achieve their goal. they want the government and the priessmentprime minister gone. the prime minister said she's willing to do anything to end the crisis but the idea of an unelected people's council running the country is unacceptable. >> last night we found out he wasn't interested in the resignation of the prime minister nor does he want to dissol
clinton against joe biden? >>> red kettle robbery. heartless thieves steal christmas from needy families, swiping thousands of dollars from the salvation army. but how did they do it? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up. we begin with an american held captive in cuba since 2009. now begging president obama to personally intervene. 64-year-old alan fwroes sa gros country, quote, abandoned him after he was imprisoned for bringing communications items. joining us, jill dougherty with the latest. jil, what are you learning? >> alan gross says he's in a small cell with two other inmates. he gets about an hour a day outside in a very small courtyard. and he says other than a few phone calls and visits, he is completely isolated from the outside world. at the gates of the white house, the wife of alan gross pleads for the president to help her husband. >> please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> reporter: today marks the fourth anniversary of alan gross' imprisonment in cuba. arrested while working as a contractor for the u.s. government, b
to the test today. joe biden visiting with chinese president xi jinping. david mckenzie is in beijing following biden's visit. >> reporter: michaela, it was a red carpet welcome for the u.s. vice president but definitely tensions are high in this region. he'll be meeting with xi jinping, china's president, trying to diffuse attention. they announce an air defense zone, the u.s. saying a unilateral move that could lead to a wider conflict between these two economic power houses. biden will have to walk a tight rope in pressuring the chinese to dial back some of the rhetoric but also can't push too far. it's unlikely they'll go away from this zone, which they announced around two weeks ago. michaela? >> david, important meetings to be sure. thank you. the white house is prepared to negotiate a limited nuclear enrichment program for iran as long as the country holds up to its end of an international deal to curtail it's nuclear capabilities under rigorous global monitoring. the white house cautioned the program applies only to the nation's peaceful energy needs. the statement comes days
tv reading what north korean officials say was an apology. >>> vice president joe biden says he is concerned about china's expansion of the air defense zone in the east china sea biden told japanese leaders the u.s. will stay committed to their alliance. stephanie is in tokyo. >> reporter: the u.s. vice president has offered words of reassurance to japan on tuesday. he says he is deep concerned about china's actions. nobody is quite sure what it means, but obviously there is a grave risk of some kind of accident between aircraft from the chinese side and japanese side. and the fact that joe biden has come out so strongly in support of japan should serve as a message to china. he said there is nothing worse than an intentional war, than an unintentional one. and that reflects the gave concerns people have between accidents between aircraft from different nations. >>> tensions are rising in ukraine, where the country's opposition failed to force the government with a no-confidence vote in parliament. the current president blocked a deal calling for closer ties with the eu. the gov
liabilities detroit's bankruptcy plan, the ruling allowing the city to cut retiree pensions. >> joe biden's trying to find a diplomatic solution over disputes between china and japan. >> he's alive. >> what started as a recovery mission becomes a stunning rescue. the sole survivor of a capsize at sea stuck from days on the bottom of the atlantic. >>> a good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. it's good to have you with us. i'm drait. in a major development. the engineer of the train apparently admitted to a nunion representative that he nodded off at the controls. it happened while the train travelled at 82 miles per hour. the ntsp removed the commoout ear rail employees union, citing a breach of confidentiality when they talked to the media. >> al jazeera correspondent has the latest on the investigation. >> for the first time since the metro north train derailment leaving four dead and dozens injured attention is shifting from mechanical failure, focussing on the train's engineer. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brake systems were not functions properly. >>
for nothing less. >> vice president joe biden arrives in japan tomorrow morning. it's his first stop on an east asian tour. originally, it was meant to promote trade. now the focus is on the growing dispute over islands in the east china sea. stephanie skowan has more from japan. >> they look like an army. they even act like an army. but they are not a real army. these troops are from japan's self defense force on training exercise earlier this year. but under japan's constitution, they can only fire to defend themselves. with japan's larger neighbor, china, asserting itself internationally, though, questions are being asked whether japan should rethink the role of its armed forces and china's declaration this week of an air defense zone over the east china sea is making that discussion all the more urgent. japan's hawkish prime minister has been pushing mps all year to change the pass fist constitution. long-term defense guidelines will be introduced in december and a national security counsel will meet for the first time after joe biden's visit. some hope biden's visit will the her
. >> thank you very much. diplomatic turbulence. vice president joe biden's trip to asia and talks with japan and china over disputed air space. >>> and what needs to be done with our rail system following another deadly derailment. >> back to al jazeera. i'm john seigenthaler. here are our top stories. 131 million americans are expected to spend $2 billion by the end of cyber monday. that'that would be a record. online sales are up with web retailers reporting more sales growth than traditional brick and mortar stores. and the white house said hundreds of thousands of americans were trying out the website today. extreme speed is one factor in a train crash in new york. four people died and several injured. joining with us, former secretary transportation under president bush. and mr. secretary, it's good to see you. >> john, it's good to be with you, thanks. what needs to be done to the infrastructure in this country when it tomorrows to passenger trains? >> well, right now i think there is a big difference between the amount of money that's available and the amount of money that is necessar
things happen first. >> is there anything more you think joe biden or the president or any supporters in the administration are doing? >> as long as we have the conversation and keep things going, i'm encouraged to see the white house and senate are continuing conversations on mental health as well because this isn't just about guns, it's about the causes of gun violence which include mental wellness. that's important legislation on the table right now which we support. >> the house is expected to vote on the plastic gun ban, which expired december 9th or will expire december 9th unless renewed. what is your position on that? that vote is, i think, this afternoon? >> we fully support it should not be allowed to expire. it's been in place 25 years and it should continue. >> the 911 calls are due to be released tomorrow. is this going to only cause more pain for you and the other families? how does that impact your quest for gun legislation? >> we don't feel that the 911 calls should have been released but that decision has been made now. and it will affect our community certainly, and
, that is the deadline to sign up for coverage in january. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan this morning, the first stop on a week-long asia trip that includes visits to china and south korea. the vice president had planned to focus on trade and economic issues but suddenly he is finding himself to calm rising tensions in the region over the east china sea claimed by china and japan. the dispute intensified last week with china's claim of an airplane defense identification zone over these islands. >>> accusations this morning against syrian president bashar. the human rights chief says massive evidence collected over the course of the 33-month-old conflict in syria indicates asawed sad in war crimes and crimes against humanity. cnn's frederik pleitgen is following this for us and live in damascus. does this report name bashar al assad specifically? >> reporter: it doesn't name him specifically but does implicate him. the report says that these war crimes and crimes against humanity go all the way to the top levels of the syrian government, including responsibility for the office of the h
joe biden. the president called biden an old friend and praised u.s.-china relations. biden described the relationship between the two countries as full of promise. their public remarks gave no hint of the tension, however, between the united states and china concerning air space over the east china sea. however, senior officials traveling with the vice president say during private talks, biden told the president that the u.s. does not recognize china's newly declared air defense zone over that disputed area and that the u.s. has deep concerns about the situation that this is about as delicate as a regional situation can get. yesterday, biden assured japanese leaders that he would push china over the issue. >> we will, the united states, are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the east china sea. this action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation. >> and that is the big fear, of course. this dispute could put tys with china to the test. we got word from a senior administration official that mr. biden did
deal could endanger millions of dollars in aid and foreign investment. vice president joe biden is trying to calm the dispute between japan and china. and he told japanese leaders u.s. will stay in it and they are concerned about the china dispute. >> the prospect for miss calculation mistake is too high. >> reporter: china and japan claim islands in the sea and tensions rose when they declared an air defense zone over the area and biden will raise concerns over the risk of miss calculation with chinese leaders in a few days. and healthcare.gov is running smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset
? >> all right, rene, thanks so much for the update. >>> overseas, vice president biden playing peacemaker during his week-long tour of asia. he's meeting with leaders in japan and china amid a growing rift between the two. biden urged the countries to lower tensions over a dispewed air space. cnn's barbara starr is live at the pentagon with more. how did the u.s. get caught up in this, barbara. >> biden's trip was supposed to be about trade and the economy. now in fact it's all about the chinese military. vice president joe biden with one eye towards a possible 2016 bid is getting the chance to flex his international muscle power in asia. >> the united states has an interest in the lowering of tensions in this vital region. as i believe all the countries in northeast asia share that same interest with us. >> reporter: biden, in crisis manager mode, arrived in tokyo as the region confronts a power grab by beijing. china declared it now controls a vast portion of the air space over the east china sea and remote islands that both china and japan claim. biden will bluntly ask the chinese lead
diplomatic mission for joe biden steps that he's taking to calm japan and china. >> the country's foreign minister tells al jazeera why he says an agreement was reached with world leaders. and a record-setting day for retailers. what drove the internet surge in holiday sales on cyber monday. >> into welcome back. vice president joe biden is calling for calm on both sides of a territorial dispute between china and japan. he is in japan for meetings. the dispute is the main topic of discussion. china and japan claim a group of islands in the east china sea. tensions rose when china declared an air defend zone over the area. >> the talks on the nuclear program is done, but there is disagreement about why iran signed. the foreign minister said sanctions did not force iran to the bargaining table. the u.s. disagrees. rosalind jordan reports. >> handshakes, smiles, a deal. the international community celebrated an agreement to ensure iran's nuclear program stays peaceful. now the foreign minister says the country struck the deal because they wanted to. >> when sanctions started iran has less th
for its ruling. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan tonight at the start of a week-long trip through asia. he is standing united with japan in a growing territorial dispute with china. alfonzo has the latest from london. >> reporter: when vice president joe biden stepped off his plane in tokyo, he stepped into an escalating dispute between japan and neighboring china. >> we, the united states, deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in east china sea. >> the united states and japan say kentucky china is setting up a new air defense zone over the east china sea. an area japan claims it controls. the vice president talked about the dispute as he met with japan's prime minister. >> this action has raised regional tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculation. >> the united states put its own b52's into the zone last week in a move to show that washington doesn't recognize china's claim. but, the u.s. told u.s. commercial airlines to give notice of their flight plan ahead of time. the zone measures about 600 miles from north to south
president, joe biden. the president called biden an old friend, braised u.s./china relations. biden described the relationship between the two countries as full of promise. their public remarks gave no hint of the tensions right now between the u.s. and china concerning air space over the east china sea. however, senior officials traveling with the vice president say during private talks, biden told the president the u.s. does not recognize china's newly declared air defense zone, and the u.s. has, quote, deep concerns about the situation. >>> just six days, the house goes on vacation. and there's lots of work to do. so why are some members right now talking about aliens? we're talking about space aliens. we'll get to the bottom of this, get to the bottom of this when we get back. 1ñp ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. is heading out of town for the holidays. some members of the house are now choosing to spend their remaining time raising some eyebrows this m
don't photo what caused this crash. >> and haven't joe biden is in japan. he arrived in tokyo earlier today. his visit comes amid a growing dispute between japan and china over china's recent claim of a large swathe of air space in the region. anna coren has details on the dispute and the vice president's mission to asia. >> u.s. vice president joe biden arrives in japan as part of a week-long trip to asia, amid new tensions here in the asia-pacific region. as far as china's announcement of an air defense identification zone over disputed territory between china and japan. well, last week, the united states got involved flying unarmed b-52 bombers over the area along with several japanese surveillance planes. the chinese responded by scrambling fighter jets. vice president biden hopes to not only defuse tensions but also reaffirm america's commitment to the region. anna coren, cnn, tokyo. >> here's a look how biden's week is set to play out. tomorrow in japan, he'll meet with the prime minister there. then on wednesday the vice president heads to china where he is expected to discuss
curve. >> he caught himself too late. >> president joe biden arrived in beijing to talk to the vice president. he publicly rebuked china in recent days. >> two sky divers dead after colliding during a jump south of phoenix. >> $18 billion in red. the city of detroit gets the go ahead to file for bankruptcy. >> labor unions plan to appeal. >> there's going to be pain for a lot of different people. >> lawson arrived preparing to give evidence in the trial of her two former assist ents. >> the space shuttle has launched. >> all that -- >> for some reason he threw it into the crowd. that's one of the stranger things you'll see. >> you've had a lot of success without a mush tach. you look like a baby lam. >> the capitol is brighter after getting holiday glitz. >> three, two, one. on "cbs this morning." >>> an international report card for schools has four grades for u.s. students. in math it was well below average. >> luckily american students will never understand because they're 85th in reading. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." good morning norah. again bad wea
. >> thanks, nicole. walking a diplomatic tightrope, biden on a delicate mission to the far east and shrelanka, a small country with a big problem, one fourth of the people are suffering from diabetes and we will tell you what is being done about the health crisis. raising a glass to a new business detroit. the first distillery in more than 100 years. >> i'm mark morgan, the college playoff system starts next system and the final year of bcs could provide more than its share of controversy and i will explain later in sports. >>> right now you are looking at a live picture of the train derailment that happened yesterday effecting 26,000 commuters there in the new york city area. ♪ >> al jazeera america is a straight-forward news channel. >> its the most exciting thing to happen to american journalism in decades. >> we believe in digging deep. >> its unbiased, fact-based, in-depth journalism. >> you give them the facts, dispense with the fluff and get straight to the point. >> i'm on the ground every day finding stories that matter to you. >> in new orleans... >> seattle bureau... >> washingto
remember president biden saying this about obama care. the truth is, we're going to fix it, god willing. now the vice president is going to china in the middle of this health care drama. why is biden nowhere to be found when there are major obama care deadlines? do you buy into it at all, david, that he's trying to keep his hands clean or democrats are trying to help him keep his hands clean in case he decides to run for president and now he doesn't want to have anything to do with it even though he called it a good you know what kind of deal when the president signed it? >> is there an element of that? possibly. likely going to china has very little to do with obama care. it has to do with what's come out of the asian corners where president obama made mere platitudes, but no action followed. this is more than we could talk about in an hour. by short. china tests us. they establish their own version of a no fly zone. they test us. our response doesn't match what they're doing. they're being aggressive. they're also insulating their economy. trading more with their asian partners to bri
for a living. next in your "world tonight." >>> treading lightly. vice president joe biden is in asia tonight hoping to make progress on two sensitive topics. >> nbc bay area's janelle wang is here with our "world tonight." >> raj and jessica, one issue has local ties. vice president biden is expected to discuss the detainment of palo alto war veteran merrill newman in north korea. biden arrived there today. the white house has already issued a formal request for newman's release. the 85-year-old was detained in late october after the end of a ten-day visit to north korea. over the weekend, north korean television aired a video of newman apologizing for crimes during the korean war. experts believe the statement was coerced. during the war, newman served in a top-secret army unit. nicknamed the white tigers. which trained anti-communist guerillas. >>> vice president biden will also visit south korea during his trip as well as china where he will meet with president xi jiping. the two will most likely discuss china's new claim over the east china sea and the threat it continues to make to coun
commission president and asked to renew negotiations. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan this morning. new u.s. ambassador caroline kennedy greeted biden when he arrived in tokyo. biden says the u.s. is trying to lower tensions in the region after china suddenly declared an air defense zone in the east china sea. he plans to bring it up when he meets with china's president tomorrow. seth done in beijing. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, norah. the vice president traveled here to asia to talk about trade and economic issues but that conflict over the air defense zone will likely dominate his trip. just a couple hours ago, he reiterated u.s. support for its ally japan. the vice president continued his week-long tour in asia today alongside japan's prime minister. it signals the early stages of a delicate balancing act for the u.s. amid international protest over china's newly declared air defense zone. biden addressed the conflict this morning. >> we the united states are deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the ea
president joe biden's week-long trip to asia. biden is in japan for meetings with japanese leaders. he is expected to discuss china, air defense zone claimed by both countries. u.s. planes have flown through that zone. biden will visit china and south kor korea. >>> thailand protests could escalate. one has vowed to escalate and ordered protesters to storm buildings after at least three people have died in the protests. al jazeera florence louis has more on the man leading the charge >> reporter: he is a wanted man for his role in the anti-government protests. but as he greets his supporters, the adulation is apparent. >> he is my inspiration. he brings all of us together. he says his aim is to get rid of the ousted prime minister. he wants to have what is known as the people's council. >> the people in parlorpal got bought their votes. >> toxin and proceed toxin parties have won elections since 2001. opponents deride his policies which favor the rural poor as a form of vote buying. his vision, however, has alarmed academics who see it as undemocratic. >> i think this is very unaccept
thinking elements of the population do not. >> thanks mark. >>> vice president joe biden arrived in tokyo this morning, first stop on his week long trip to asia. the visit comes as japan and china clash over the communist nation's air defense zone. biden goes to south korea later this week. he'll visit the zone along the heavily armed border with north korea. that comes after he attends the ceremony honoring american troops killed in the war. >>> benjamin netanyahu met with the pope francis to discuss talks of iran and security threats against jerusalem. it's the first meeting between the two. >>> tech companies are using lobby bying lobbying to prevent spying. >>> the los angeles times looks at residents of the alaska town that raced to help victims of a plane crash. it went down friday near st. marys in the southwest. four a board were killinged. six survived. locals took trucks and snow mobiles. they found the plane after the juried survivor led the way. >>> plane in phoenix saturday from austin was held after landing. passengers were told someone on t
state to legalize same sex images this year. >>> vice president joe biden has arrived in japan. and will also visit china and south korea. the vice president will also try to diffuse tensions between china and japan over china's air defense zone in the china seas. >>> anti-government demonstration versus taken a violent turn in thailand. police firing water canons and rubber bullets as protesters try to force their way into government buildings. the prime minister said she will meemeet with protesters but cant meet demands. >> this time the rubbish truck was used to break through the concrete barriers erected by the police. it's and it's pop ants were forced into a quick retreat, tear gas spewing from the cab. it seems some people on the streets are willing to go to extremes to achieve their goal. they want the government and prime minister gone. they spoke with the media the day after meeting with the protest leader. she said she's willing to do anything to end the cries. but the idea of an unelected people's council running the country is unconstitutional. >> last night after
a rule limiting the heights of buildings in d.c. who is in favor of the >>> joe biden arriving in asia for a week long trip that includes meetings with several leaders. his first stop is in tokyo, japan. it is geared towards trade and economics, it comes during a dispute over an air defense zone over the east china sea. later in the week, biden heads to south korea where he is scheduled to visit the demilitarized zone between north and south korea. it has been over two months since the debut of health care.gov. the obama administration said it is working better and faster, but not perfect. tracie potts has more on what happens next. >> i will make sure we get it fixed. >> the obama administration said they met their deadline. 50,000 people can use the website at the same time. 800,000 a day. most of the time with just 1% getting error messages. >> it is working reasonably well. >> while the front door may be open, the backdoor calculating payments for insurance companies is a mess. >> the information coming out to the insurance companies is still garbage. it's undecipherable. >> they a
. this as vice president joe biden arrives in japan for a week of talks. he'll raise the defense zone issue. joining us is the columnist and author of the coming collapse of china. so let's take a big step back. there's a lot of moving parts here. this new zone that china is announcing is a recent announcement. why now? what's up with the timing that china decides to make this stand? >> i think it has a lot to do with what's going on inside the political system in beijing. you have a new chinese leader. he's not consolidated control. most people think he has but i don't think he has and essentially what he's looking to the people's liberation army, for support. the p.l.a. are nationalistic and i think they're driving policies so therefore, it is very little pushback from the civilians. jenna: so for us, one of the ways this is impacting us is when passenger planes fly around or in this area, china says you need to let us know because this is our territory. so far they've told china they're doing this. japan is angry at us because they're saying we're acknowledging that china is taking over
in seoul. and joe biden continues his asian trip to beijing. on the november front, we'll get services pmi out of japan and india, as well. >>> we'll take a short break. still to come, what global macro environment will investors face in 2014? less of a fiscal drag? will the central banks withdraw stimulus or keep pumping? plenty more announcements coming up in the second hour of "worldwide exchange." see you in a few moments. hi honey, did you get the toaster cozy? yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with new fedex one rate, i could fill a box and ship it for one flat rate. so i knit until it was full. you'd be crazy not to. is that nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> you're watching "worldwide exchange." i'm ross westgate. stocks in europe fall with miners leading declines and hovering near a five-month low after a steep drop overnight for gold. the opposition camped outside of parliament in the ukraine called for a no confidence vote. >>> plus, the web may be winning out this season. cyber monday sales hit a new record
and a bp contractor. nix is one of four former officials. >> vice president biden has arrived in chijapan a few years ago. he will speak with leaders about a chinese air defense zone over islands claimed by both countries. u.s. planes have flown through that zone. biden will visit china and south korea. now, to two countries in the midst of real political crises right now, we begin in thailand where an opposition leader vowed to escalate his campaign to topple the government. police spent another day battling with anti--government protesters in front of government buildings in bangkok. the demonstrations raised new fears that instability in one of asia's largest economies. wayne hay has more now from the capitol. >> a battle is being waged on two fronts, anti-government protesters are trying to enter the office of the prime minister and the bangkok police. this time, a rubbish truck was used to try to bake through the barriers erected by the police. it and it's okay pants were 40sed into a quick retreat. tear gas spewing from the cab. it seems some people on the streets are willing to go
turf war racheting up between china and japan enter into this nasty nflict, vice president joe biden. what role will he play in asia's air battle? stay with us. hi honey, did you get the teco yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with new fedex one rate, i could fill a box and ship it for one flat rate. so i knit until it was full. you'd be crazy not to. is that nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> welcome back to "the lead." turning to the world lead, let's hope he's got enough cash in his wallet for the trip or at least in travelers checks. vice president joe biden has arrived in japan for the first leg of his tour through asia and this comes right in the middle of rising tensions in the region after china seized a bigger air space over the east china sea last month. both japan and the u.s. have flown planes right through the zone that china is now claiming, but they haven't given beijing the heads-up that it demanded. china has responded by scrambling fighter jets in the region. the vice president will travel to chin
president biden is on a mission to ease tensions between china and japan. he and the new u.s. ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy sat down with japan's deputy prime minister taro aso today. hot on the agenda, how to handle the defense zone chooen has over the sea. he was deeply concerned over the actions. >> the u.s. has an interest in lowering the tensions in this region as i believe all the countries in northeast asia share that same interest with us. >> this underscores the need for crisis management mechanisms and effective channels of communication between china and japan to reduce the risk of escalation. >> the vice president heads to meet with china's president xi jinping on wednesday. the u.s. and japan have refused to recognize china's new air defense zone. >>> shopping at the commissary is a part of everyday life for u.s. military families. the grocery stores sell to service members and their families at major discount prices but now the pentagon is considering closing commissaries to save money. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us. barbara, what have you l
an aspirin regimen. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor >>> vice president joe biden is on a mission to ease tensions between china and japan. he met with japan's deputy prime minister tarot aso and other ministers in japan. caroline kennedy was also there. >> high on the jend calming japan's fears about china's new air defense zone in the east china sea. biden actually said he was deeply concerned that beijing wants the u.s., japan, south korea and everyone else for that matter to notify it if planes fly through this extended 600-mile air space. the vice president meets with china's president she ping on wednesday. >> after being on defense for two months on obama care, the white house is now playing offense. the president was battered for two months with bad publicity over the failures of the health care.gov website. >> the white house says it's now time to promote the president's signature health care plan now that the website's fixed and apparently running pretty well. >> that's what they say. that it's running smoothly, but republicans who opposed the health care
cuts in pensions are expected for city workers. >>> vice president joe biden is wrapping up his trip to japan, where the focus was china. he and the japanese prime minister discussed how to deal with china's declaration of the east china sea which until recently has been known and still is international airspace. chinese says all aircraft including passenger airlines must now get approval to fly through the zone or face possible military action. vice president biden will travel to beijing tomorrow. >>> in the hot seat. today, the editor of "the guardian" defended the newspaper's decision to publish information from edward snowden. the editor said he only released about 1% of the material that was given to them by the former nsa contractor. scotland yard, meantime, confirmed today it is investigating whether "the garden" should face terrorism charges for publishing high-level security secrets. and that is your "world tonight." >> thank you, janelle. >>> take a look. an amazing story of survival. a man is found alive inside the hull of a sunken tugboat after being trapped underwater fo
? time in to check in with gretchen carlsson. >> another key obama care dead line. vice-president biden is in a sia. are dems protecting him for 2016? we'll debate that? and will they say the pledge of allegeiance or not? the city that took heat from veterans who said high school students were too busy to recite it in the school. >> and guy getting cited for disorderly conduct for his story. >> and forget cyber monday. how about a full week of on line discounts. >> it is the latest effort. this after black friday sales dropped to the lowest point in years. here is the ceo of the marketing group. and author of social med why marketing. great to see you, shamma. >> we understand the whole thanksgiving weekend was underwhelming. sales were down three percent from last year and so what do we expect today? >> today will look good. but we have to look at the entire month. retailers know that consumers are getting sa vvyer. >> how do you define good, shamma? >> it is higher than last year. progress. look at black friday, it was dismal and bleak numbers. if you look at all of november compared
islands joe biden declared support for japan. >> we the us ar united states ae concerned about the attempt to change the status quo in the east china sea. he will bring up the island controversy in the leaders in babeijing the u.s. is obligatedy treaty to defend japan and it's at thterritories. >> in thailand another day of the protest in the streets of bangkok. but instead they work together. the police allowing the anti-government protestors inside government headquarters and the prime minister calling on police to refrain from violence demonstrators have been protesting corruption in the government and have called on the prime minister to step down. and in ukraine 300,00 300,000 rd in kiev. they are angry at the president for rejecting closer ties with the european union in favor of russia. secretary osecretary of state ks decided to skip a visit there this week and urged the government to listen to it's people. >> it's 20 minutes to the top of the hour america tonight is coming up joie chen is standing by to tell us what is on her program. >> good evening, john. , nice to see you. >> w
the anything ni. >> reporter: u.s. president joe biden is set to visit the region. his first stop is japan. he will arrive in tokyo later tonight be and meet with prime minister shinzo abe later today. the two countries have been clear in not acknowledging china's air space claim by continuing military operations over the area. china has said all flights, including military and passenger planes, must submit flight plans in advance for those that pass through the newly declared air zone. so far the u.s. has sent bomber planes without request. also at the meeting biden is expected to call for tokyo's cooperation in wrapping up the trans pacific partnership free trade talks in hopes to reach an agreement. that's all from the nikkea business report. >> thank you for that. >>> chinese investors are hoping to cash in on the abe vinnestment. go to c fl bc and see why wealthy chinese are dipping their toews into japan's economy. >>> thai protesters are trying to talk with the government. they've called for strikes and giving the prime minister a two-day ultimate tum to hand over he power. over the wee
and talked about his wife's chances of running for president, joe biden, and his critique of obama care. >> is mrs. clinton running for president? >> i don't know. and i think, and she believes, that the country should spend at least another year working hard on the problems that we have. we have very serious challenges in american and responsibilities around the world. i think it's a big mistake this constant four-year complain. we need to deal with the business we have before us. >> what kind of president do you think vice president joe biden would make? >> if he runs and he's a nominee, i'll try to help him. i think the world of him. i think -- we've been friends. i first remember working with him when he was the chairman of the judiciary committee to the senate and i was a governor and he asked me to testify in a judicial hearing for him. and i had to file a testimony because i had to go to asia. but i've known him for years and years. and i have a very high opinion of him. i care a great deal about him and i think he's done a good job for the president and for the country. >> is it
, sanjay. >> thanks, wolf. >>> when we come back, the vice president joe biden takes the world stage on a critical trip overseas. will he deliver for the white house? >>> and a prominent republican senator charges the obama administration has quote, taken lying to a new level. did his comments go too far? stay with us. you're in "the situation room." at verizon. let's go... let's go... let's go... let's go! make it your first stop for the gifts everybody wants. let's go! move it, move it, move it! verizon cyber monday is here. get the samsung galaxy note ii for just $49.99. with features like pop-up play. lets you use any app while watching video. or use the s pen for hand-written notes. hurry in or shop online. sale ends monday night. getting our best cyber monday savings. that's powerful. verizon. >>> the vice president joe biden in asia with stops in japan, china and south korea, all on his itinerary. but the trip comes at a very, very sensitive moment. let's talk about that and more with our chief political analyst, gloria borger and our cnn political commentator, david frum. thi
consider him a prisoner of war. >> vice president biden is in asia planning to visit the demilitarized zone between north address and south korea where the detention of him will come up. he will attend a ceremony to americans killed during the war part of a mission that includes talks with the leaders of south korea, china and japan. >> groups are celebrating a law january 1 to protect mountain lions not an immediate thread to people after the controversial deaths of two cubs in half moon bay. wardens killed two cubs that wandered into town looking for food and their mom. the public outtry was so great a law was passed requiring them to use nonlethal methods to capture the cats unless they are a threat to the public. >> we lost the wolf and grizzlies but we have mountain lions. we have lions in the state. that is exciting. a lot petroleum -- people feel the same. >> the law is not in effect but the we we new policy has been adopted by wardens. >> amazon is looking to the skies if a way to deliver goods nasaer than ever testing delivering packages using drones. this is video showing how the
is the strongest in the world. joe biden is testing the u.s.-chinese relationship. >> challenge the government. challenge your teachers. challenge religious leaders. >> wow, okay. the president spoke at the u.s. embassy in beijing where he met students seeking visas to the united states. a state run chinese neighbor accused the u.s. of taking japan's side over a group of disputed islands. hezbollah is blaming israel of one of its senior commanders, israel is denying those allegations. hezbollah leader was assassinated outside of his home in beirut. we have more about the leader and what his death means to the mostly shia muslim group. >> reporter: in the driving rain hezbollah prepared to put to rest one of its most senior commanders, a funeral in the mainly shia city where he grew up. in life little was known about the secretive leader. in death, some background is emerging. he had been a key figure in operations against israel 37 his place in hezbollah dating back to the '80's. he's thought to have played a part in the war against israel. his son was one of the fighters who died in an airstr
biden arrives in japan as a part of a three country visit. china recently announced new flight restrictions unilaterally imposed in the east china sea t. white house says it will meet in chosen to discuss easing the friction anded advancing diplomacy. state police say at least two people were seriously injured. 35 others were taken to local hospitals in wooster. the highway was closed for hours after freezing rain turned that roadway into a sheet of ice. even a state trooper responding to the crash was rear ended. >>> police are investigating what they are calling a suspicious death at arrowhead stadium during the chiefs-broncos nfl game. investigators say it happened in the parking lot when a vehicle owner found a man inside his car. they say a struggle ensued and that man collapsed. the police chief tweeted it did not involve fan rivalry. three people were taken into custody for questioning. >>> an alaska woman being hailed a hero in the face of tragedy. melanie coffee was on a plane that crashed friday night. rescuers were having a hard time tracking down the plane. she guid
joe biden arrived in japan a couple of hours argue. first stop of -- ago. first stop of his tour. and caroline kennedy will be greeting him. in addition to japan, vice president biden will go to china and south korea. >>> the man in charge of fixing the healthcare.gov website says his team did its job and met its goals. jeff zion says the website can handle 50,000 users at the same time. that was the goal the obama administration had set for november 30th. die unsays the speed of the -- zion says the speed of the website has more than tripled. >> the bottom line, healthcare.gov on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> now, the next major test of healthcare.gov is probably gonna come in the next few weeks. >>> governor jerry brown and the california legislature will receive a salary increase starting today. the governor's pay will go from 165,000 a year to nearly 174,000. lawmakers will receive a 5% bump with most based salaries increasing from 90,000 to 95,000. the governor will accept his raise, a dozen legislators say they will not because many cali
1972. >>> let's fox fast forward now to some of the big stories coming up. on monday, joe biden begins his trip to asia. the u.s. now playing an active role in a territory dispute between china and japan. >>> and hearing will be held in the botched obama care rollout. >>> and on this day in 1885, a texas pharmacist served up the very first glass of dr. pepper. the inventer liked the way the place smelled. he tinkered with the recipe until he came up with a mixture for the soda fountain. it remains the oldest soft the drink still in mass production. that's how dr. pepper got its start. >>> now huckabee. >>> tonight on huckabee. >> everything's allowed to change their mind. >> charles krauthammer on politics and on what really matters. >> things i find interesting and important in life, chess, baseball, space. >> looking back at a small part of the universe that he created. >> the last plan to walk on the moon joins the governor. >>> the first thing that came out of my mouth was negative. >> how trips to the holy land
period. just as president biden dealing with another foreign policy headaches on the other side of the world. he arrived in tokyo. he was met when he arrived there by caroline kennedy, the new ambassador. this as china is now threatening to declare unilaterally control over airspace long disputed with japan. joining me now with all these challenges, msnbc contributor, former adviser on iran to the white house ambassador dennis ross. thanks for being with us. lets talk about iran. president rouhani declared over the weekend in an interview with the "new york times" they have won the right to enrich, just as we in a hard fought battle with emrates, uae, nonproliferation effort talked them into foreswearing the right to enrich. others in the region are watching the way we handle iran. what do you think of these negotiations as far as they have gone so far? >> well, look, you do have a first step. the idea of having a first step agreement is not that it somehow has transformed the situation, not that it produced a breakthrough we're going to be confident we're going to transform ura
. >> scott hideler for us in bangkok. scott, thanks very much for the update. tonight, vice president biden is in japan where he is having meetings on the economy and security. his visit to asia will include stops in china and south korea. it's a tension time in the region, in part because of the disputed islands in the east china sea. china and japan say they own those islands. last month, china declared an expaneled defense zone. the u.s. recently feel two military planes through the zone without first notifying the chinese. >>> there must be something about the seahawk football going very well when it's going to snow in seattle because that's what we are getting right now. a little bit much snow working its way down south towards the seattle area not quite to the playing field yet, but that little bit of snow is not leaving a lot in the way of accumulation. but what it is a sign of: arctic air. it is blasting out of the tra frazier valley into the city of bellingham, the northern border of canada and right on washington/canada border. we will see the snow band gradually fall apart. the c
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president joe biden is in tokyo today. the first stop on a six-day trip to japan, china and south korea. it will be a delicate balance for the vice president, because the relationship between u.s. allies, japan and south korea, have been deteriorating. the u.s. is hoping this tour will help build relations and provide a unified front in dealing with china. >>> olympic skier lindsey vonn skipping knee surgery, hoping she'll make it to sochi. vonn partially tore a ligament during a crash two weeks ago so she's training leading up to the february olympic games, although is still unsure whether she'll be able to compete. >>> a minnesota man was ticketed after making it snow money inside the mall of america, dropping 1,000 $1 bills from a third floor railing onto the crowd below. a trio was singing "let it snow." the man said it's been a tough year so he wanted to throw out his last grand to spread holiday cheer. instead he was cited for disorderly conduct. >>> amazon is planning to make a giant leap into the future with delivery drones. nbc's seema moody is at the nasdaq with what's moving
in northeast asia. >> reporter: south korea's president discussed the plans with joe biden during his visit last week and they declared they are on the same page as seoul and china has an expanded south korea zone saying it would stay in communication with seoul. they want to extend the air defense zone and china has given it a chance to do that and leaves the china sea with three overlapping zones belonging to china, japan and south korea and they could have talks how to manage the complex affairs and it could be what nobody wants, a conflict in an increasingly contested skies and harry faucet in seoul. >> this is the first time it was adjusted since it was set up by the u.s. during the korean war this 1951. a week of remembering nelson mandela starting with a national day of prayer. millions packed mosques and churches of all faiths to celebrate the country's first black president, vigils have been held out mandela's home since he died thursday. parliament will hold a special session today in cape town to honor him and they are remembering the man fondly known as mediva and hundreds will
carrying. >>> the fight over airspace will be front and center today as vice president joe biden joins china's president for a high-stakes meeting. the vice president landed in beijing this morning. china's decision to declare an air-defense identification zone in an area that includes disputed islands has triggered protests from the u.s., japan, and south korea. biden says that washington is deeply concerned. >>> in washington, a first for women at the pentagon as the president has named christine fox as the acting deputy defense secretary for the time being until the president finds a permanent replacement. she takes over for ashton carter, who is stepping down today after announcing his resignation in october. in her new position, fox would be the highest ranking woman at the defense department, serving under defense secretary chuck hagel. >>> if you want to zip through airport security lines, starting today the tsa's pre-check program is becoming more readily available for all travelers. the tsa is opening a registration website. up to 300 enrollment centers. for those who qualify,
, as vice president biden prepares for a trip to asia, the obama administration weighed in for the first time, urging the north koreans to release newman, given his advanced age and health conditions. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved. >> reporter: the newman family hoping to have him home before the new year. susan saulny, abc news, washington. >>> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu inviting proep francis to israel. the vatican confirmed a papal visit for late may. netanyahu and his italian counterpart lit a menorah. he hopes the light will offer hope to italy which he says needs it. italy has been hit hard by economic problems and political scandals. >>> health care website has made major progress from the disastrous beginnings but there are still flaws. jeff zelenyb< washington. >> reporter: hundreds of software fixes and the system. >> by the end of march, people think they could have 6 to 8 million people enrolled for health care. >> as president obama told abc's barbara walters his legacy may depend on it. >> the good thing about when you are
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